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France and England A comparison of Governments In Early Modern Europe countries were discovering and changing the ways in which they operated While some for a period of time stuck to their old traditional ways others were embarking on a journey that would change the course of their country This paper will explore and evaluate the two different government styles of France and England one keeping with the traditional ways of their ancestors while the other attempted and succeeded in changing their system of government forever The French government was ruled by King Louis XIV from 1643-1715 and was considered to be an Absolutist Monarchy It was believed that the King had all the power and answered only to God not the people of his country It was believed that God ordained the King to be in charge and so if any were to go against the King they were going against God Those who are its subjects must be submissive and obedientotherwise they would resist God This was very evident in the writings of Jean Domat and Jacques Benique Bossuet Jean Domat and Jacques Benique Bossuet were adamant supporters of the idea of an absolutist government Both men felt that in order for a country to survive one person must rule it and that person was in charge of all Anyone who resided in that country was to follow the laws set forth by the king and not question his authority It is the universal obligation of all subjects in all cases to obey the rulers orders without assuming the liberty of judging them By remaining under one ruler the country would have the best known defense against division among the people and would ensure the survival of the country Absolutist Monarchy according to Bossuet was the most naturalmost enduringstrongest form of government Bossuet argues that the people should not change what God has created and furthermore since the government which
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